Induction of Resettlement Committees underway

08 Jul 2013 12:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 JUL (NAMPA) ? A two-day induction course for newly-appointed members of Regional Resettlement Committees (RRCs) for the Karas and Hardap regions started in Keetmanshoop on Monday.
These members were appointed in May 2013.
A similar training session also started today in the northern town of Outapi for the Omusati and Kunene regions, while the Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions are expected to start theirs on Wednesday in Gobabis.
Lucia Basson, special advisor to Karas Governor Bernardus Swartbooi, officially opened the workshop on his behalf.
In his speech, Swartbooi, who is also chairperson of the Karas Resettlement Committee, reminded his fellow members that they will be dealing with a very sensitive and delicate matter of land allocation.
?Issues of land allocation always cause conflict and thus have a high potential to become explosive and disturb our hard-earned peace, stability, tranquility as well as spoil our path towards prosperity.
Therefore, you are expected to demonstrate the qualities and values of alertness, honesty, fairness and confidentiality towards landless Namibians,? the Karas governor cautioned.
A total of 20 members from the Hardap and Karas Resettlement Committees are being trained how to prepare and monitor resettlement farms, and promote development.
The participants will further be taught how to interview and clarify matters on land disputes, and report to the national Land Reform Advisory Commission (LRAC).
Other duties they are being trained on include receiving, scrutinising and evaluating applications for resettlement using the resettlement criteria and shortlist, and recommend prospective beneficiaries to the LRAC.
Deputy directors in the division of lands in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement in the Karas, Hardap and Erongo regions are conducting the training.
They are Mclesia Mbaisa from Karas, Petrus Nangolo of Hardap and Clement Kwala from Erongo.
The Land Reform Advisory Commission Resettlement Committees' members in the respective regions are expected to recommend to the national LRAC whom to be resettled, and the LRAC will in turn submit the same information to the Minister of Lands for the final decision.
Their term of office will expire in 2016, and new members will be appointed. Former members can also be re-appointed.